Marmaris is a lively resort town which sits in a natural harbour where the Aegean and the mediterranean sea meet, The quaint old town is filled with luxury hotels, seaside restaurants and buzzing bars and clubs, there’s already a lot to see within the town itself. But if you do feel like taking a trip out to the surrounding beaches and historical or natural sites then here are a few of the regions top spots which can be visited on a day trip from Marmaris.
A Day in Greece
The southwest coast of Turkey is so close to the Greek Dodecanese Islands that hopping across the border and back on a Rhodes to Marmaris Ferry couldn’t be easier. During peak season the ferry runs every day and outside of the summer months, it makes the crossing 3/4 times per week. Rhodes is the largest of Greece’s Aegean Islands so without renting a scooter or joining a tour you won’t get to see all of the islands and make it back in time for the return ferry. However, you will have plenty of time to wander through the historical old town and visit the Temple of Aphrodite, Byzantine Museum, Archaeological Museum, the towns Palace, mosques and churches and hike up to the top of the hill for a superb panoramic view.
Alternatively, you can choose to spend your day in Rhodes relaxing on the beach or strolling about the quaint cobbled stone streets shopping for souvenirs and tasting some delicious local cuisine and fruity wines in elegant traditional restaurants with charming outdoor seating.
Only 8 km from the centre of Marmaris is the most popular beach and resort town in Marmaris region. The Icmeler beachside boulevard is lined with tall palm trees and backed by the Marmaris national park. The town is filled with stylish restaurants serving Mediterranean and Aegean dishes and lively bars and clubs that fill up with locals and tourists after a day of lounging in the white sandy beach. The water in Icmeler is exceptionally clear and scuba diving boats leave daily in the summer, so whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver you can hop on a boat and start exploring the Turquoise sea or if you prefer to stay above the surface, jump on a banana boat and wiz around the bay instead.
The Dalyan Delta is a stunning natural wonder located on the Mediterranean Sea, 80 km southeast of Marmaris. From the cute touristy village of Dalyan, a labyrinth of emerald green canals wind between reed-lined banks to freshwater lakes and the natural mud baths and hot springs. Stop to coat yourself in the thick mud and spread out under the sun to dry before jumping into the freshwater lake and relaxing in thermal waters. Legends say the Cleopatra used to visit this natural spa and that the rich minerals are what gave the Egyptian Queen her phenomenal beauty. From Dalyan you can also watch for wildlife and see the ancient city of Kaunas, said to have been ruined by the tears of the king’s deceased lover, and continue downstream to Turtle Beach where Caretta Caretta lay their eggs from May to October.
Also known as Cleopatra’s Island or City Island, Sedir is only a short distance from Marmaris, known for the ancient ruined city of Cedrae and more famously for its golden sand beaches and crystal clear waters. You can visit on a daily boat cruise from Marmaris or by regular boat service from Camli Port, said to be the earliest settlement of the Carian People. From Camli Village you could also take a trip to Boncuk Cove, a popular swimming spot and observation point for Sandbar Sharks.
By far the best day trip from Marmaris will be going out onto the dazzling sea and sailing to gorgeous bays and the Aegean Islands for swimming and exploring. Boats leave each morning during the summer season to visit Byzantine ruins on Kamelya Island and also stop to discover Rabbit, Donkey and Deslice Islands, with free time to snorkel and search for exotic sea life in the crystal clear waters. If you have more days free you could join a Blue Cruise from Marmaris to Fethiye with Alaturka Turkey, and spend 4 or 8 days drifting along the breathtaking Turquoise Coast with optional excursions from Turtle beach to the Dalyan Spas and Kaunos Ruins.